1. Duff McKagan Reuniting With Guns N' Roses to 'Help Axl Out,' Says Tommy Stinson

    April 01, 2014 4:45 PM EDT GNR's former bassist is filling in on bass for five shows while Stinson tours with The Replacements. "I'm like, 'Thanks dude, for covering my ass on this one'" Re-joining Guns N' Roses for five shows in South America is just Duff McKagan's way…

  2. April Fools: The 10 Greatest Music Pranks Ever

    April 01, 2014 9:10 AM EDT As you watch your own back this April Fools' Day, have a look at the 10 greatest pranks ever pulled by musicians -- from Coldplay's smelliness to Nicki Minaj's "nuptials" to John Mayer's bear ego. Justin Bieber: Punking TMZ and #BaldForBieber In last year's…

  3. Flaming Lips Craft Companion Album to Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon': Listen

    March 31, 2014 6:56 PM EDT The Flaming Lips have provided the world with another trippy activity to perform while listening to Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon." Oklahoma's greatest rock band have just shared a 43-minute opus titled "The Flaming Side of the Moon," which is meant to…

  4. Chart Highlights: KONGOS No. 1, Black Keys Blast In At Alternative Radio

    March 31, 2014 4:05 PM EDT KONGOS' 'Come With Me Now' crowns Alternative Songs, while the Black Keys make a splashy return with 'Fever.' Plus, new No. 1s for Kylie Minogue, Blake Shelton and Prince Royce Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  5. Play Ball: Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey Previews Boston Red Sox 2014 Season

    March 31, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Casey and the Red Sox lead off a month-long, daily Major League Baseball preview told through the lives of musicians Today (March 31) marks the opening day in the 2014 season for most of Major League Baseball's 30 teams. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of…

  6. SFX Chief Robert Sillerman Tops 'Power 50' Dance Music Poll

    March 31, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Robert Sillerman’s rollercoaster March has climaxed with the SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO topping a poll which ranks the “most powerful” people in dance music.  Sillerman is No. 1 on dance music title inthemix’ second annual “Power 50“ list , nudging out 2013's leader Pasquale…

  7. Benzino Shot During Mother's Funeral Procession, In Critical Condition

    March 29, 2014 8:27 PM EDT Update : a representative for Benzino has released a statement saying that the rapper is in "critical condition." "He was shot in the shoulder while attending his mom funeral. By his side is his Dad, long time business partner Dave Mays, friend Stevie J and his fiance Althea…

  8. Ultra Music Festival Security Guard Trampled, In 'Critical' Condition

    March 29, 2014 6:50 PM EDT The 28-year old guard is suffering brain hemorrhaging after being trampled by a mob who broke down a fence and forcibly entered festival grounds last night 28-year old security guard Erica Mack is in "extremely critical" condition at Miami's Jackson Memorial hospital after…

  9. Fourth Person Dies From Injuries in SXSW Crash

    March 27, 2014 4:25 PM EDT The tragic car crash which occurred in Austin on March 18 during SXSW has claimed another victim. DeAndre Tatum, 18 years old, passed away from injuries sustained in the violence which occurred on the evening of March 13. The news was verified by the Austin Police Department. DeAndre Tatum,…

  10. Gwar's Annual Gwar-B-Q to Go On As Scheduled

    March 26, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Despite the death of frontman Dave Brockie , Gwar's annual Gwar-B-Q event will still take place this year, the band confirmed. A statement from the band's manager, Jim Flanagan, notes that despite the tragedy, the event will persevere -- because it's what Brockie "would…

  11. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow to Separate

    March 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate" Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have announced they're separating after more than a decade of marriage. The pair, who tied the knot in 2003 and have two children,…

  12. Michael McDonald Talks Doobie Brothers' Country Album: 'It's Like Old Times'

    March 25, 2014 10:34 AM EDT Country A-listers lead busy lives, and when the Doobie Brothers decamped to Nashville to cut a star-studded album featuring twanged-up versions of their classic hits, they found themselves playing "musical chairs" with their high-profile collaborators. That's according to…

  13. Gwar's Top 5 Mainstream Moments: Fox News, 'Beavis & Butt-Head' & More

    March 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Gwar was never meant for the mainstream. Since founding the band in 1984, singer Oderus Urungus (aka David Brockie) was on an unrepentant mission to be as outrageous and socially unacceptable as possible. Costumes of oversized battle armor, offensive lyrics and brutal music were his…

  14. Gwar Frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, Found Dead at 50

    March 24, 2014 9:15 AM EDT The frontman for gore-loving heavy metal band Gwar has died. Police have confirmed earlier reports that Dave Brockie, known to fans as Oderus Urungus, was found dead at his Richmond, Va. home on Sunday evening. The singer was 50. A Richmond police spokesperson told CBS 6  and the…

  15. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  16. Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT To celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 21, here's our track-by-track look back at Madonna's classic studio album, 1989's "Like A Prayer." By early 1989, the world had come to know Madonna as a dance-pop provocateur with quirky-sexy style. She was the…

  17. Skrillex Discusses 'Recess,' Learning From Kanye West & 'Vibing Out'

    March 20, 2014 3:23 AM EDT Skrillex is taking his inspiration from Kanye West these days. The electronic music DJ and producer spent a little time with West, sharing a plane flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas where each was to perform two years ago, and came away with an invitation to collaborate and an even deeper…

  18. Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves Talks Life in the Hype Machine & Debut Album: Q&A

    March 18, 2014 2:15 PM EDT "Maybe it’s just the universe sprinkling a little bit of fairy dust on five shitty kids from the rust belt," she says. It’s been less than a year since Perfect Pussy originally posted a four-track demo tape to Bandcamp, but Meredith Graves, 26-year-old frontwoman of the Syracuse…

  19. Suzanne Vega Talks New Album, Performs Live In Chart Beat Meet & Greet

    March 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The folk singer/songwriter discusses her new album, 'Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,' which includes a 50 Cent sample and a Macklemore shout-out "Every time I make an album, the idea is to mix the acoustic guitar, this beautiful, old-fashioned, almost…

  20. Foster the People, 'Supermodel': Track-By-Track Review

    March 17, 2014 1:16 PM EDT What's harder than making America dance to a song that's ostensibly about a school shooting? Figuring out how to follow that out-of-nowhere success, of course. With the 2010 single "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People mastermind Mark Foster proved he could do the former,…

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